Calculating those rare purchases
But vinyl isn’t cheap. Some albums sell for upwards of £20 and at the cheaper end of the scale, they’re at least a couple of quid more than a download. For example, Adele’s best-selling album ‘25’ is a mere £8.49 as a download, the vinyl equivalent (which is also sold out) is £17.99 on one music website.
However, those prices pale into bargain bin territory when you look at what some mint condition collectibles fetch – some records by Madonna, The Rolling Stones and The Beatles are valued at thousands of pounds. The most expensive example of vinyl is a 1958 version of The Quarrymen’s ‘That’ll be the Day/In Spite of all the Danger’ which is valued at (are you ready for this) an eye watering £100,000. And if you’re thinking who on earth The Quarrymen are – well, they went on to form The Beatles.
But all is not lost for digital fans; being able to download music is actually one of the reasons attributed to the increase in record sales. It seems that being able to inexpensively explore music has seen people listen to new things and has encouraged them to invest in their new enthusiasm in a collectible way – so it’s a bit of a win-win for old and new.